Saturday, November 26, 2011

Boys Fort Is Open!

An exciting new shop just opened downtown, in the West End District, at the Galleria.  It's carefully a curated boutique by talented designers from the Kenton Collective, a new design firm in town. With a name like Boys Fort, you might feel like this is a men's store but it's oh so much more than that. This store is so much fun, I spent a loonnng time looking at all of the fabulous creations.  The owner's joked that it's been coined as a "Manthropologie". I think it's much cooler and more original than that, but I can see the reference. The model is based on a classic artists collective, with modern ideas. It's awesome that the community has an outlet to so easily support local, innovative projects like this. It's one of the reasons I love living in Portland so much! Boys Fort carry's all sorts of cool locally designed products, including cuff links by me, Brehan Todd, check it out!!!

Good music and good friends at Boys Fort
Reclaimed Wood Furniture Designed Locally

The Perfect Mapron
Local bow ties by Harding and Wilson are so cute
Lot's of cool jewelry, all made here in Portland

Handmade paper gifts 

Cool stash boxes
I love the print on this set

Jake France of the Kenton Collective and Boys Fort talks about the collective

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Simple Life

A friend recently asked me "what is the point of life"? I already drove myself crazy for a good portion of my early to mid twenties trying to answer that question with a deep, introspective, overly analytically, complex thought. It got me no where, and then I realized, life is a  math problem, and I was making it more complicated than it needed to be. In my eyes, the answer is actually quite simple, if I just pay attention...

*All photos snapped by Brehan Todd in Portland, except the ferris wheel, that was in Montana.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Flea Market Style

So many people ask me where I find all of the strange old things that I use to create with. The real answer is, it's a secret and constant treasure hunt that is done anywhere, and everywhere I go, pretty much all the time.  I've been fortunate enough to travel around the US and look for treasures over the years. I'm focused on finding jewelry and little bits of things to make jewelry with, but I love to look at all the cool old stuff that is around still, it's so hard not to take it all home with me.  Montana is one of my favorite places to hunt for treasures. Here is a little peek at some of the coolest things I found at a flea market in the Flathead Valley a few summers ago.  I can't wait to go back, it's always so inspiring!

One of the coolest chairs I've ever seen.

Refashioned chandelier made of antlers and vintage figures and crystals. 

Beautiful taxidermy

I love Jade glass!

Defiantly one of the coolest bed frames ever found.

This particular market had a lovely live show as a soundtrack, so cute.